Vintage Farm Sign Basics

Farm-related tin and porcelain signs used to advertise product are highly collectible decades later

some signs from Curtis Barwick's collection
Left: Of all the signs in Curtis Barwick's collection, his favortie is this Dixie Fertilizer thermometer dating to the 1950s. The company is a local brand still in business and owned by the same family.Top right: This door-push sign for Smith-Douglass Fertilizer is the only one of its kind Curtis has seen.Bottom right: This sign for a Kinston, N.C., tobacco warehouse dates to the 1920s.